Steve Sarkisian addressed the media on Tuesday concerning his “inappropriate” behavior at a USC donor event last Saturday. The head coach issued a standard apology and fielded some strange questions from reporters.
You’ve heard the ‘public sports figure’ apology countless times before. The question and answer portion of the press conference got a little odd, though.
There were unnecessarily personal questions about specifically what medication Sarkisian was referring to in his statement. Rightfully, he declined to disclose that information.
When asked if he had a drinking problem, Sarkisian said, “No, I don’t believe so, but through Pat [Haden] and the University, I’m going to find that out.”
“I don’t know if I even need rehab,” Sarkisian said. “That’s part of the process, and I credit Pat Haden for this, that he has put things in place for me to have meetings to figure that out.”
He was quick to “swear off” drinking for the rest of the season, and clarified that while there was never any alcohol in the players’ locker room, it will now be completely banned from all USC football facilities.
In a humoring punishment, the USC players had their coach do a set of down-ups, just like they would have to for breaking rules.
I’m sure if anyone can empathize with Sarkisian for his minor slipup, it’s a group of college kids.